The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant had a great day as most stripers ranged from 35 to 45 inches, and many fares caught from three to five, Both jigs and snagged bunkers worked and Capt. Dave Riback noted that only the lazy fishermen who just kept bumping bottom with a jig instead of working it failed to catch. Miss Belmar Princess is looking forward to more great striper action tomorrow when both boats will sail for stripers rather than bluefish.
Our group of anglers who make our livings in the sportfishing world don t like to troll and didn t want to fish bunkers as every year at this time we ve ben able to do our favorite thing with Erwin by casting lures for big bass. Not only is casting the most satisfying way to fish, but it s also perfect for release fishing as the bass aren t harmed at all and can even be quickly sent on their way without taking them out of the water.
Erwin started the morning in light rain in Raritan Bay with striper readings and spraying bunker schools, but we weren t getting hits among them by casting Tsunami shads. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant had a very good Tuesday Striper Marathon trip for the big bass up to 47 inches as Jim Steel was high hook with six releases to 46 inches.
At Atlantic Highlands, the Sea Hunter should be back after those big stripers that were hooked Sunday, but the Fishermen is sticking with bottom fishing until the school bass arrive. With surfcasting a poor bet in bad weather plus a big swell, Vinny D Anton made several calls about Raritan Bay fishing and had only negative comments as even the small blues under wildly diving birds that used to be so abundant under birds in October have been missing.